SC suspends election tribal's verdict, reinstates Suri as deputy speaker

PESHAWAR: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Monday suspended the viaduct of the election tribal and reinstated Mr Qasim Suri as Deputy Speaker of national assembly. The bench also directed the election commission of Pakistan (ECP) not to issue election schedule for the by-election on NA-265 (Quetta-II)

The appeal against the election tribunal’s verdict was heard by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial. Naeem Bukhari, Senior lawyer appeared before the bench on behalf of Qasim Suri and presented his arguments.

Naeem Bukhari said that his client, Qasim Suri, has won by a margin of more than five thousand votes – 25973 were received by Qasim Suri while the runner candidate had recovered 20089 votes in the general election. Therefore, the lawyer said that only Suri cannot be declared responsible for substandard ink used in the election process. Naseem Bukhari also questioned the jurisdiction of the ECP to unseat Qasim Suri when it was not constituted properly since the five-member commission was short of two members.

The court accepted Qasim Suri’s plea for hearing and ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) not to proceed for by-elections in the constituency until the Supreme Court disposes of the case and issue a final judgment.

Talking to the media later, PTI leader Ali Muhammad Khan said that the Supreme Court has granted the order in the case, till the decision of the appeal, Qasim Suri will remain MNA, Qasim Suri will be the deputy speaker. Balochistan is proud that its representative is the Deputy Speaker of the national assembly.

It is pertinent to mention here that On September 27, the Election Tribunal had declared the election of NA-265 of Balochistan invalid and ordered to hold re-election there.  Balochistan National Party’s (BNP) Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani had challenged Suri’s election, alleging rigging in the election process.